VentureBeat at Sundance with Matt Marshall and Shira Lazar: the widget

[Update from Matt: We just finished our last task here at Sundance, about 24 hours after we started our first task. And we actually won the competition! Many thanks to those of you who tuned in to watch us. It was a highly rewarding experience (although frequently embarrassing; making rooster crows in the morning topped it off) and a great insight into how this festival works and the gusto with which people attend movies.

LP33.tv launches the underground's answer to MySpace Music

Today, LP33.tv, the company formerly known as MyAWOL, goes live with its intensely ambitious site for unsigned musicians. The site centers around a video player that features original music videos, short band documentaries and news clips, all produced by LP33′s team. There are rapid edits, hipster rockers, punky pop princesses, and cooler-than-thou VJs, all hearkening back to the MTV and VH1 glory days of yore.

Kampyle lets you know when no one likes your desktop software

When people think your downloadable software sucks, it’s generally hard to find out what you did wrong. Web-based analytics make it easy to track the number of downloads you get, but after that the information tends to dry up. That’s where Kampyle, an Israeli analytics startup, has found what looks like a good business opportunity. Its service will let you know if your software’s being used or immediately uninstalled. And it’ll tell you how many people even bother finishing the install process.

Crowdsourcing the future: Can alternate reality game Superstruct help save the world?

The year is 2019. Respiratory Distress Syndrome, or REDS, has appeared in Stockholm, the first city outside of the tropics to see a case. The disease is known to overwhelm local health resources everywhere it goes, and news of health insurance companies going belly up has become routine. Word is spreading that in the absence of effective governmental responses, ad hoc militias have been forming to forcibly quarantine infected populations around the globe.

Yotify wants to let you subscribe to everything

If BranchNext, maker of Yotify, has its way, you will one day be able to get updates on everything that matters to you on the web. Do you like that shirt you saw on CafePress but don’t want to throw down all that cash? Yotify would love to tell you when it goes on sale. Looking for a two bedroom apartment in downtown Manhattan? Yotify wants to be there for you when one opens up.

At TechStars, 12 teams show that Boulder, CO, can produce fantastic tech

“Boulder is good for engineers — if you’re into innovation in rock climbing technology,” a friend once quipped about the outdoor-loving Colorado college town. But today, 12 startups from TechStars, a Boulder-based incubator, demoed their products in Mountain View, Calif. and did a good job of building on the city’s reputation as a budding center for high-tech. Almost down to a team, each of companies that presented this morning felt strong.

CityVoter offers local media outlets city guides for their dull websites, raises $2.6 million

The hyper-local concept, which revolves around content — like business reviews — targeted to local niches, has had it rough. Over the last 18 months, two venture-backed start-ups, Judy’s Book and BackFence, have had to shut down. Another site, Insider Pages, sold to Citysearch without generating much of a return to its investors. Only Yelp seems to have gained a significant following.

Magnitude Information Systems, random ergonomics company, invests in Kiwibox, teen social network

Kiwibox.com, an online magazine aimed at teenagers, is a remnant of the dot-com days. Unheralded and mostly undifferentiated, it launched in 1999 and somehow managed to slog its way through the bubble’s pop. In August, it relaunched with a social networking component and has just raised a low-seven figure round from a public company called Magnitude Information Systems.

Fliqz and Kaltura bring video capability to the masses, make Brightcove's prices look insane

Web video platforms like Brightcove, Move Networks and Maven have a problem: They have all built business models targeting the handful of content companies willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars a year to push video on their sites. As a result, the platforms are angling for the same big fish in a relatively small pond; each must find ways to outdo the next by investing in new features without adding much to their price.

Vuclip mobile video search can make any video format play on your phone

Vuclip, a mobile video search service that has been operating under the radar for a year as Blueapple.mobi, has a very cool technology. In 20 seconds or less, Vuclip can take video encoded in any format and convert it on the fly, so that it can play on a very wide range of phones. Today, the company is launching with a new name, new sites and a service that lets video content companies make their videos available on the mobile web.

Just a touchpad and a screen: A grand unified theory of Apple's next big move

Ever since Apple’s chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, referred to a “future product transition” during the company’s most recent earnings call, the tech news world has been abuzz. The most frenzied speculation has centered around a revision to the MacBook line. For some, the future holds a touchscreen MacBook or an ultra-portable tablet. Others envision a MacBook with a souped-up multi-touch touchpad made of glass positioned below or next to the keyboard. Since marginally informed speculation is the name of the game, I’m going to throw in some chips and say that most of this is likely off the mark.

Stealth mode Conduit Labs' LoudCrowd revealed

The mysterious Conduit Labs has gone through pains to keep its nature under wraps. The company’s stated goal is to create online social experiences that are as rich as those we have offline, and it has managed to raise $5.5 million from Charles River Ventures and Prism Ventureworks without even launching a product.